Tom Cruise Pressured Another Celebrity To Kill ’60 Minutes’ Scientology Story
Leah Remini is going after her former religion in A&E’s latest series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” which premieres Tuesday night. Remini spoke about her new docu-series in an interview in which she claimed Tom Cruise forced her to use her connections to kill a “60 Minutes” scientology story.
Despite receiving several threatening letters from the Church of Scientology calling Remini a “has-been actress” and a “spoiled, entitled diva,” the network pushed on with the show. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Remini before the premiere and the “King of Queens” actress revealed many of the shocking details surrounding her split from the church.
During the interview, Remini spoke negatively of Tom Cruise who is perhaps the most famous and outspoken celebrity involved with the church. “I didn’t particularly find him to be a great example of Scientology,” Remini said. “I made that very known to my church. But Tom is very protected in the church and the church will go to any means to ensure that he stays in.”
Remini also recalled a time when the church and Cruise pressured her to use her influence to kill a “60 Minutes” story for CBS. Although she admits it made her “really uncomfortable,” Remini called Les Moonves, the CEO at CBS, in an attempt to stop the story from airing.
“Listen — you’re not the only one who has called me about this and I have no right to interject my opinion of what I like or don’t like with the news organization of CBS and I will absolutely not engage this conversation,” Moonves responded.
“I’ll tell you or anyone else who calls me,” he continued. “I don’t give a shit if it’s you, if it’s Tom Cruise, if it’s Jenna Elfman, you’re all going to get the same story from me.”
Cruise and the church weren’t pleased when Remini couldn’t get the story squashed, but she let them know how she felt of the task they pressured her into. “I’m just a fucking actress on television and I can’t demand that my boss take a fucking report of the air,” Remini recalled from the conversation.
The show comes after Remini’s best-selling book “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology,” in which the actress documents her exit from the church along with accounts of other former members.
The 46-year-old actress wasn’t surprised by the backlash against the show from the church that claims Remini is only “in it for the money” and is coming after the church to “make a buck.”
Remini has made it clear that she isn’t phased by the threats from the church and it sounds like her new show will be going full-steam ahead in exposing it for all the abuse and fraud going on under the surface.